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With Their Bare Hands : General Pershing, the 79th Division, and the Battle for Montfaucon (Hardcover)
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After the American declaration of war on Germany in 1917, hundreds of thousands of US troops were deployed to France--among them the recently drafted 79th Division. Thrown into the hellish stalemate of trench warfare, the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) was blooded in battle by the time of the Meuse-Argonne offensive of 1918 where the 79th would fight its most famous engagement--the battle of Montfaucon.
Using stunning contemporary photographs and testimony from a wealth of primary sources from all sides of the conflict and all military ranks, With Their Bare Hands follows the 79th, from its origins in 1917 through to the end of the war, with a focus on the bloody encounter at Montfaucon. Using the division as a window on the whole AEF, Gene Fox explores its achievements and failures, as well as showing how the lessons learned from this conflict ultimately affected American strategy in World War II.